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  • Oak on the tongue: Bourbon boom drives demand for USA oak Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    OAKVILLE, Calif.— Napa Valley vintner David Duncan has been known to stick his head in an American white oak barrel to get a full hit of the vanilla-laden, fresh-baked cookie smell the emanates from the wood. In fact, his Silver Oak winery— which produces classic cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley and Alexander Valley— is so wedded to using only American oak to...

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • Amtrak to operate system that might have prevented crash Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. On Thursday, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said the nation's passenger railroad will begin operating the technology, called positive train control, throughout its busy Northeast Corridor by the end of the year.

  • CRUCITO, Colombia— Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. From that moment Sanchez was exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide used by Colombia to wipe out cocaine-producing crops, he says his skin broke out in a yellow rash. Tales of harmful health effects, everything from skin problems to miscarriages, abound...

  • World Point posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ World Point Terminals LP on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $9.5 million. The St. Louis- based company said it had net income of 27 cents per share. Keywords: World Point Terminals, Earnings Report.

  • May 13- Missouri Republican lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would stop workers from being required to join a union or pay dues, but without enough votes to override an expected veto by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. By a 92-66 vote, the Missouri House of Representatives approved the measure that would allow Missouri to join 25 other states with "...

  • Cereal maker Post says bird flu squeezing its egg supply Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. says a Midwest bird flu outbreak is affecting more of its egg supply. St. Louis- based Post estimates that roughly 20 percent of its egg supply is impacted by the outbreak. The virus began appearing since mid-April in Iowa's chicken flocks, and farmers culled their flocks to contain any spread.

  • Correction: Wells Fargo-Lawsuit story Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    CLAYTON, Mo.— In a story May 12 about a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a venture capitalist. Missouri jury awards woman $77 M in case against Wells Fargo. Missouri jury awards $77 M to woman in lawsuit claiming Wells Fargo mismanaged family trusts.

  • Technology revolutionizes voter registration for 2016 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote. —Arizona and Washington were the only states that offered online voter registration in 2008. Now 20 states do, and seven others have passed or are considering laws that would authorize a new online registration system.

  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • CLAYTON, Mo.— A Missouri jury has awarded a woman $77 million in damages in a lawsuit alleging Wells Fargo Bank mismanaged her family trusts, costing her tens of millions of dollars. The St. Louis County jury, after a trial of more than two weeks, sided late Monday with 78- year-old Barbara Burton Morriss of the St. Louis suburb of Olivette, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to override the Democratic governor's veto of legislation that would reduce the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the shortest periods in the nation. Missouri already is one of seven states that offer less than the standard 26 weeks of benefits. The March unemployment rate...

  • "It's a cheap, cheap, cheap year," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. The Energy Department said Tuesday that it expects the price of gasoline to average $2.55 between April and September, which would be the lowest since 2009. Over the course of the year, a typical U.S household could save $675 in gasoline prices compared to last...

  • WASHINGTON— It wasn't your typical panel discussion: President Barack Obama sat down Tuesday with leading thinkers from the left and right to reflect on poverty, income inequality and the stereotypes that get in the way of finding solutions. Obama told an audience of about 700 at Georgetown University that it makes him mad when he hears a "constant menu" of...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years and said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of the company. It had emerged from an earlier bankruptcy case in December 2013 in Missouri. Coal- mining companies in central Appalachia have struggled in recent years, shedding...

  • The EPA says its water rules simply clarify— and don't expand— what smaller bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act. In response to that frustration, the House will consider a bill Tuesday that would withdraw the rule and force the EPA to further consult with state and local officials before rewriting it. A bipartisan group of senators introduced a...

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • Stifel posts 1Q profit Monday, 11 May 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Stifel Financial Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $43.1 million. The St. Louis- based bank said it had earnings of 56 cents per share. Keywords: Stifel Financial, Earnings Report.

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • NEW YORK— Panera Bread said Monday that it hired two executives from competitors Darden Restaurants Inc. and McDonald's Corp.. For the past nine years, Madsen was president and chief operating officer of Darden, which owns the Olive Garden chain. Panera Bread Co. is based in St. Louis and operates about 1,900 stores.